Senate Introduction of $100B Broadband Bill Includes Support for Healthcare July 01, 2020
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. (July 1, 2020) - Today Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, a companion to the House bill introduced last week. The legislation would invest $100 billion to deploy broadband infrastructure and fund additional connectivity for healthcare providers.
John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, made the following statement:
“We applaud Senate leaders for introducing the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act. The legislation represents a comprehensive and targeted approach to closing the digital divide for anchor institutions and the people they serve. In addition to tackling the many obstacles to ubiquitous internet access, the bill recognizes that health clinics and hospitals across the country need more bandwidth to keep up with the increased demand for telemedicine. By embracing broadband solutions for telehealth and remote learning from home, this legislation will lead to a healthier and better educated America."
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit www.shlb.org.